Forget taxis, Uber is the new way to travel in Queens. Many people love using their smartphone to schedule a reasonably priced pick-up. The great thing is that the average person can use their own vehicles to transport people from point A to point B. It is a great way to make money on the side. Uber does have strict laws regarding their affiliate workers.
Drivers must be 21 years of age, they cannot have more than three tickets, must have a four-door car that is in good shape, and all cars must go through several inspections. Drivers are subject to a background check to ensure that they don’t have a criminal record or any major driving offenses. Those that have a DUI or criminal background will be denied. While they go to great lengths to ensure their “employees” are safe, after the approval process, there isn’t much monitoring.
The Legalities of Uber
Many people are drawn to Uber because they can use an app to schedule a pickup. The ride can be much more lavish than a standard taxi cab, it’s just the luck of the draw. Also, they use “surge” valuing to change their prices based on supply and demand. While the company uses the slogan that they are “everybody’s private driver,” it takes some real trust to get into one of these cars.
Uber seems to be a straightforward operation, but there are always those loopholes. What would happen if you were in a car accident with an Uber driver? Dealing with this “self-employment” type of system might be a bit tricky. See, Uber requires that all of their drivers carry a minimum amount of insurance. Their guidelines are very specific. Since the driver is acting as an independent contractor, they are self-employed and not employees of Uber. Thus, Uber cannot be held responsible for anything that happens to the roadways with their affiliates. Especially, if these drivers passed all of the prerequisite testing, and all verifications were complete. So, what happens if you are in an accident while using Uber?
Does The Insurance Have To Pay For The Uber Accident?
Uber began in 2009. Since their inception, there have been a few accidents that have made headlines. Uber is hard to manage, from a business standpoint, but their liabilities are legally covered by the independent contractor agreement. So, if you are in an accident, you will need an attorney to sort out who is responsible for what. In general, the driver or at-fault party is responsible for any injuries you incur. Now, to be an Uber driver, the designated vehicle must have a special kind of insurance that covers them as such. Did you know that an insurance company can refuse to pay for a claim if a driver didn’t notify them that their car was for hire? This is when things get interesting. Many people use their cars for hire and never notify the insurance company.
The Need For Legal Representation
It is Uber’s responsibility to make sure that anyone they use as drivers are safe and insured. Insurance verification is one of the processes required to be approved as a driver. They must see that there are adequate coverages on the vehicles to protect both parties. Keep in mind, Uber is a pretty big operation, and things can get overlooked. An attorney will get to the bottom of the situation. They will investigate the accident, who’s at fault, and who should pay for your injuries. If we can prove that Uber didn’t do the proper background checks and someone slipped through the system, they can be held liable.
Depending on the severity of your injuries, it could be a sizable settlement. Because of the delicate nature of an Uber accident, having a legal team representing your interests is imperative to a favorable outcome. If you or someone you love has been hurt in an Uber accident in or around the queens area, contact our offices today for a free consultation. We want to help you sort out the legalities and get the compensation you deserve.